Wayne County 4-H shows and exhibitions are being rescheduled for later this summer, while other fair-related events such as the carnival, track events, vendors and entertainment have been canceled.

Purdue Extension announced on April 14 that all face-to-face events scheduled for June 2020, such as the Wayne County 4-H Fair originally scheduled for June 20-27, must be cancelled, postponed or offered virtually because of COVID-19.

Wayne County 4-H Association, which is the governing body of Wayne County 4-H, has decided to reschedule the 4-H exhibitions and shows planned during the fair. Those dates will be announced Friday, April 17.

The Wayne County 4-H Fair Committee, under the Wayne County 4-H Association, has decided to cancel all other fair-related events.
The association and committee work together annually to plan and coordinate the Wayne County 4-H Fair.

“Thank you for your patience, support, and commitment over these past few weeks,” Sandy House wrote on the fair committee’s Facebook page. “Our number one priority continues to be the health, safety and well-being of our community, families and 4-H membership. Your partnership and understanding are appreciated.”

Wayne County Extension Educator Alisa Criswell stated on the 4H Facebook page that she will mourn the changes for the staff, community, families and most importantly, the youth of the community, but she will adapt.

“I will move forward and we WILL have a 2020 Wayne County 4-H Fair. I can’t promise you when and I can’t promise you exactly what it will “look” like, but there will be a showcase for our youth. This is a time for positivity and growth and I will choose to embrace those principles.”

For more information, contact Alicia Criswell, Extension Educator for 4-H Youth Development through Purdue Extension Wayne County, at acriswel@purdue.edu or call (765) 973-9281.

The 2021 fair is set for June 19-26.

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